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World 30 Sep 2020 | 7:48 AM

Australia's Victoria marks steady downward trend in new COVID-19 cases

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's coronavirus hotspot of Victoria state maintained its steady downward trend in new infections on Wednesday as states began easing internal border closures, fuelling optimism about a return to normal.

World 30 Sep 2020 | 7:12 AM

North Korea says 'faults' found in anti-epidemic work amid controversy over slain South Korean

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea has discovered unspecified "faults" in its anti-epidemic measures, state media said on Wednesday, amid controversy over the death of a South Korean man whom Pyongyang said was killed to prevent the coronavirus.

World 30 Sep 2020 | 5:47 AM

Ecuador urges citizens not to lower guard against COVID-19

QUITO, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Ecuadoran Minister of Health Juan Carlos Zevallos urged the population on Tuesday not to "lower its guard" in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), as the relaxation of the quarantine has caused increased hazardous behavior by citizens.

World 30 Sep 2020 | 5:40 AM

Roundup: Iran's tally of COVID-19 cases surpasses 450,000 as Israel mulls further extension of nationwide lockdown

CAIRO, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- The total number of COVID-19 cases in Iran crossed 450,000 on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Israel is poised to extend the current nationwide lockdown for two weeks to curb the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

World 30 Sep 2020 | 5:05 AM

Finland shortens opening hours of restaurants as COVID-19 situation worsens

HELSINKI, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Finnish government on Tuesday evening decided to shorten the opening hours of restaurants and bars in response to the increasing COVID-19 cases.

World 30 Sep 2020 | 4:28 AM

U.S. employment won't recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2023: Fed official

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- While the U.S. economy has rebounded faster than originally anticipated following a large contraction in the second quarter, U.S. employment probably won't recover to pre-pandemic levels until 2023, a senior Federal Reserve official said Tuesday.

World 30 Sep 2020 | 3:54 AM

Jordan's COVID-19 tally crosses 10,000 mark

AMMAN, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- The tally of COVID-19 cases in Jordan crossed the 10,000 mark on Tuesday after 823 new infections were recorded.